On April 3, 2013, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder and research assistant, Connie Hoe, attended the opening ceremony for the “Road Safety Platform of Turkey” in Ankara, Turkey. The event also marked the launch of the “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” in the country.

Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was honored at the ceremony by JH-IIRU, as well as other RS10 consortium partners, for his support of road safety in Turkey. Dr. Hyder presented him with a certificate of appreciation.  The Prime Minister pledged to continue the work in Turkey, suggesting more precautions against drunk driving in the country.

Also on hand for the ceremony were Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS10) consortium partners, including Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO Director, Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, Ms. Rochelle Sobel, General Director of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), as well as the Turkish Minister of Health and Minister of the Interior.

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Dr. Adnan Hyder (right) presents Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with a certificate of appreciation.